It is coming up on the one-year anniversary of Green Things Simply Done, the blog. As is always the case in life, things have evolved for good. In my first post “Welcome,” I offered this quote from Tennyson:
“Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will – to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
I explained what was to come in the blog and the book. It is amazing to look back and see that this quote is as important to me as the day I first heard it, the day I wrote it in the blog, and again now. I believe that no matter what occurs in life, you must be strong in will, and you must never yield in efforts to do good.
The process of taking what to many seemed an insurmountable amount of information across every category we call “life,” and distilling it into one book, called “Green Things Simply Done” has been a passion deep and worthwhile, and has certainly demanded a heroic, unwavering heart, mind, and body. I cannot think of a better representation of how to do life well, other than the way Tennyson instructs.
Green Things Simply Done, both the book and blog, have two distinct goals:
- To do good for people and the Earth
- To outline what sustainable living is all about
I am sure point one is clear. Point two means something more than simply eco-friendly or “green” living. Sustainable living is is about the environment, but is also about choices involving health, home, relationships, community, gatherings, travel, work, and giving back. This is why I have covered topic areas that pertain to this way of living. In Green Things Simply Done, the book, I cover how the power of developing a clearly focused, well-intentioned plan results in a life by your design, and there are exercises that take you through that customization. From there, you can say “good bye” to detours off course, and any unnecessary waste of time, money, energy, and natural resources. My economics background paired with design means smart, well-intentioned, precise investing in everything yields a superior result for the individual, for relationships, for life, and for the planet.
In the blog, I am going to cover topics that pertain to holistic sustainable living – not just one slice of it. I do not mean to minimize the sustainable movement; I am suggesting it be expanded as in doing so, we will all move toward independent and shared goals.
If there is one thing I can encourage you to start doing is to ask yourself if you really “need” something. If you don’t, or it isn’t feeling right, leave it. Give yourself time to think, do not just react and buy or binge in some way that is not serving you. Our planet and health is in crisis over this issue. This isn’t punitive; it is a way of tuning into yourself to find out what is at heart center, and making wise decisions because you know. Each of us having a little more faith in that process would go a very long way.
To the road less traveled by…